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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Piano Star Skills Builder

Here are audio tracks for the four scale harmonisations and several pieces from Piano Star Skills Builder. These provide an opportunity for the pupil to play-along at home and create a duet on their own!

Each piece has a two-bar ‘count-in’, given by percussion instruments indicating the beat, before the music starts. We’ve selected a reasonable speed for each piece, but you can alter the speed using ABRSM’s Speedshifter app.

We hope you and your pupils find these tracks useful, and that they add to your enjoyment of the book.

David Blackwell and Karen Marshall

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